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Shawn J. Rainey

August 17, 2022

Celebration of Life Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union 20 Kenton Dr Highland Heights, KY 41076 Sept. 4, 1 - 4 p.m.

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Shawn Joseph Rainey, 47, of Walton, KY, passed away on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 after a courageous battle with Glioblastoma. Shawn held various leadership positions during his 12 year career at Northern Kentucky University, most recently serving as the Executive Director of Planning and Institutional Research. Family and friends were extremely important to him, especially his sons, Max and Benjamin. He was an avid supporter of his boys in everything they did, from their video game tournaments and comic con adventures to their athletic and academic accomplishments.

Shawn had a strong work ethic and was a lifelong learner as he earned several advanced degrees including a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration. He loved sports of all kinds and was a devoted fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and all Cincinnati teams.

He leaves his loving wife, Janelle Rainey (nee Zaciewski); his sons, Max and Benjamin Rainey; his mother, Debra Schachter; and his sisters, Erika (Phillip) Denton and Holly Williams.

Shawn also leaves behind his in-laws, Gary (Sue) Zaciewski; brother-in-law, Scott (Melissa) Zaciewski; his nephews, Connor and Cohen Zaciewski; his life-long friends, Scott Reed, Jeremy Payne, and Chad Wirthein; and several other nieces and nephews.

Shawn was preceded in death by his father, Gary Schlachter.

Words cannot express how deeply missed he will be by those that loved him and knew him. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to his neurooncology team and the amazing nurses that fought alongside him.

A celebration of life will be on Sunday, September 4, 2022 from 1:00PM-4:00PM at Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union 20 Kenton Dr, Highland Heights, KY 41076. A fund to benefit the Rainey children will be established at Fifth Third bank in the near future.